What’s Going On In Grand Isle?

Posted by Larry Miller on June 6, 2010 under Why | Be the First to Comment

humveeTo hear Barack Hussein Obama tell the story, he was on top of the oil spill from day one. He says that he has made available all the government’s resources in solving this problem. His problem though, is that facts don’t quite align themselves with his story. The inaction of the national government dwarfs anything his predecessor was accused of in relation to Katrina.

He also says that in the beginning, taking BP’s word that the situation as not that serious and that they could handle it, he kept pretty much on the sidelines. This was before he put his well manicured boot on their neck. Again the facts don’t fit the White House narrative. The New York Daily News reports that:

Days after the Deepwater Horizon rig blew up, Carol Browner, head of the White House’s Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, told Obama the explosion would result in a never-before-seen disaster.

Knowing what was coming, doing nothing for weeks, just didn’t seem to be in the best interest of the American people… especially those along the Gulf coast. As the weeks passed, the damage increased and the crisis matured. However, in keeping with the Cloward-Piven strategy of overwhelming the system and the Emanuel philosophy of never letting a good crisis go to waste the presidential behavior is completely understandable.

Now, after weeks of federal denial of Louisiana’s request to build barriers, the government is taking some action. While the National Guard has been on hand for several weeks moving sand and working to forestall the impending disaster, there are now reports that more guardsmen in full battle gear including body armor rolling into Grand Isle in armored Humvees complete with 50 caliber guns are coming to join them. One has to wonder if we are expecting an Iranian submarine to slip into the Louisiana waters under cover of the oil slick and drop off some terrorists to sneak in to the country. It seems like a lot of effort when coming through Mexico would be so much easier.

One island resident I’ve contacted describes the situation this way:

We have about 40 National Guard trucks here right now. That does not count the Humvees and/or the ATV’s bearing the National Guard signage. That’s my best guess at this time. The National Guard are occupying many of the camps which are weekly summer rentals. Also, they are guarding the BP/E S & H Encampment at the end of the island near the state park. This place is beginning to look more like an occupied country than a seven mile strip of land.

Then, talking about efforts up to now, they continue:

Don’t know why they’re here when our fish and shrimp boats are supposedly hired to lay boom and skim the oil. There are hundreds of boats waiting to be hired on to help and hundreds which are hired on to help but seem to be kept on perpetual “stand by”.

The whole story, at least in that part of Louisiana, appears to be one of underutilized and misapplied resources. The National Guard is populated by some of America’s finest young men and women. They are willing go where they are told and do just about any any task asked of them. The question is, what will they be asked to do?

Will they be asked to protect or take over the BP complex? Are they there to insure against a peasant revolt… or insure that one takes place? Sure it sounds like conspiracy thinking, but guardsmen moving into an area to clean beaches and oil slicked birds don’t need combat gear… the Mexican border does.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what is going on in the world these days. It’s hard to know if all reports are accurate. The tragedy of our time is that such stories are not outside the scope of believability. Our government has taken such actions so that even the wildest theories seem plausible. Residents of Grand Isle don’t know what is going on. They see their lives being turned upside down. They just see armed military personnel, and they are confused and scared… and the oil keeps pumping… and the President keeps fiddling.

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